Wesley’s Mission of the Month for April is Ingathering. What is an Ingathering? It is the people of the United Methodist Church joining together to gather items that people need following a disaster or family emergency. In Wisconsin these items are taken to the Midwest Distribution Center where they are stored and are ready to be sent immediately to the site of a disaster. This plan is more efficient than waiting until a disaster occurs to start collecting needed items which may take weeks or months to get the items to the people who need them.
The United Methodist Health and Welfare Ministries of Wisconsin has several agencies from which families can get help when needed. One of those places is Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee. The Midwest Distribution Center was able to disburse 240 Hygiene Kits in October of 2020 to Northcott Neighborhood House. These kits were shared with those they serve to help provide them with essential items they need to thrive during these difficult times.
All churches are encouraged to begin gathering the supplies for Personal Dignity Kits and Homecare Kits. See the list of supplies below. Items can be put together in kit form as indicated, or they can be donated separately. Gathered supplies can be dropped off at Wesley at any time the office is open. There is a container under the coat racks. Wesley is an official drop-off site from Monday, June 14th – Monday, June 21st, during the week of the Wisconsin Annual Conference.
2 Liquid Household Cleaners 16 - 40 oz (no spray bottles)
2 Dish Soaps 16 - 34 oz
2 Liquid Laundry Detergents 32 - 64 oz
1 scrub brush with or without handle
Place items into a 5-gallon resealable bucket with a resealable cover.
Personal Dignity Kit
1 Bath Hand Towel - No kitchen towels
1 Bath Washcloth - No kitchen towels
1 Adult Toothbrush - No multipacks
1 Bar Soap – 3 - 4 oz.
1 Shampoo – 15 - 18 oz.
1 Deodorant – 2 - 3 oz. - stick, roll on, or pump
Place items in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag
Video at www.midwestmission.org